A plus about agave is that animals tend to leave it alone once it gains in size (therefore screen young plants).
Agaves are native to North and South America. Our native agave is the grey-leaved desert agave (Agave deserti).
Other agave varieties that do well in the Morongo Basin are:
|Agave lophantha "Splendida" which is best in clumps of three to seven (and tolerates some shade). Note the flashy lighter center stripe.
|Blue-green Artichoke Agave (Agave parryi truncata) which forms medium-sized clumps
|Octopus Agave (Agave vilmoriniana) which has no protective spines and prefers an eastern exposure or some shade. Pictured in background container is Agave bovicornuta, cow horn agave.
|The hybrid Agave "Blue Glow" also performs very well in full sun in the Basin.
|The large and colorful Agave americana variegata is a tried-and-true plant for our area, and makes a great single specimen to anchor a design. This juvenile plant is caged against predators.
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